Mumbai Police officer Riyaz Kazi was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday, in connection to the Antilia Bomb scare and Mansukh Hirem death case. The agency said Police officer – Riaz had helped Sachin Waze in the plotting of the Antilia case, who has been arrested by the NIA in the same case, reported Hindustan Times.
Waze and Kazi were known to hold the same post – Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU). The two are also being investigated in connection with the death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was found dead in a creek on March 5. Apart from being his colleague in the CIU before the suspension, Kazi is also reported to be a close aide of Sachin Waze.
Hiran’s Scorpio was allegedly used by Waze to plant the explosives outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia on February 25.
The Bombay High Court accepted NIA demand for Waze’s judicial custody, for interrogation and ordered the suspended Mumbai Police Officer, to remain in NIA custody till April 23.
The NIA took over both the cases (Antilia bomb scare, and death of businessman Mansukh Hiran) last month from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), following orders from the Union home ministry.
Several reports quoted the NIA sources who suggest, Sachin Waze’s role wasn’t limited to the plotting of explosives-laden SUV near Mukesh Ambani’s residence and the murder of Mansukh Hiren. Waze was involved in planning another big conspiracy in the name of a terrorist organization. Before he could carry out his second plot, he got trapped in his own woven net and is now in NIA captivity.
The agency has recorded statements of more than 40 people, former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh and two deputy commissioners as well as a dozen cops from the crime intelligence unit, in connection with the Antilia case.
Singh was transferred from his role as Mumbai’s police commissioner for his handling of the case.
Meanwhile, in his letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Singh accused former Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh of asking Waze and other police officers to extort ₹100 crores from restaurants and bars in Mumbai.
In a recent turn of events, the CBI on Sunday called on personal assistants of the NCP leader for questioning, in connection with allegations of corruption levelled against him by ex-Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned two personal assistants of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to record their statement
CBI is investigating the allegations of former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against Anil Deshmukh pic.twitter.com/FkKZ8pCfWE
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Personal assistants, Sanjeev Palande and Kundan were reportedly asked to appear before the CBI team for questioning in connection with the preliminary enquiry registered by the agency on the directives of the Bombay High Court.